Princess Juliana International Airport reopened on October 11, and I returned on October 18. It was a worthwhile trip, to check on progress at the yard and meet with my surveyor, Ian, and some contractors: Thomas from Custom Fit Marine and Lee from FKG. I stayed in a strangely intact Airbnb studio in the ruined Le Pirat across the street from Chantier Geminga.

deplaning Deplaning in SXM baggage claim Baggage claim customs Customs

pirat Le Pirat pirat pool Le Pirat’s beachfront pool le beach before Le Beach, my favorite spot to poach wifi across the street from Geminga, before Irma Le Beach after Le Beach now

golden dragon Golden Dragon,the first mono to be lifted at Geminga golden dragon up Golden Dragon’s up!

lark over looking aft Lark on her side Lark transom Dominoes, writ large jackstand A jack-stand runs through it inclinometer She’s heeled 50° to port. life rafts Life rafts which inflated on boats that sank in the lagoon. The gendarmes picked them up by while diving the wrecks for bodies and left them along the bulkhead by Lark six boats right Lark is to the left. Six boats are underwater to the right.

Marina Port La Royale Marina Port La Royale, former site of Le Croissanterie, La Creperie, Tropicana, Cafe Do Brasil, Le Galion, Viet Thai, Cafe de Paris, Spinnaker, Le Pate et Le Main, and the spot in the corner where we met Ran Sailing. Le Pate et Le Main is the only one left. foredeck This boat’s foredeck is still securely moored to the bulkhead in Marina Port La Royale.